The NASA arcjet program is currently sponsoring development of high specific impulse thrusters for next generation geosynchronous communications satellites (2 kW-class) and low-power arcjets for power limited spacecraft (approx. 0.5 kW-class). Performance goals in both of these efforts will require up to 1000 starts at propellant mass flow rates significantly below those used in state-of-the-art arcjet thruster systems (i.e., high specific power levels). Reductions in mass flow rate can lead to damaging modes of operation, particularly at thruster ignition. During the starting sequence, the gas dynamic force due to low propellant flow is often insufficient to rapidly push the arc anode attachment to its steady-state position in the diverging section of the nozzle. This paper describes the development and demonstration of a technique which provides for non-damaging starts at low steady-state flow rates. The technique employs a brief propellant pressure pulse at ignition to increase gas dynamic forces during the critical ignition/transition phase of operation. Starting characteristics obtained using both pressure-pulsed and conventional starting techniques were compared across a wide range of propellant flow rates. The pressure-pulsed starting technique provided reliable starts at mass flow rates down to 21 mg/s, typically required for 700 s specific impulse level operation of 2 kW thrusters. Following the comparison, a 600 start test was performed across a wide flow rate range. Post-test inspection showed minimal erosion of critical arcjet anode/nozzle surfaces.